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http://traffic.libsyn.com/astronomycast/AstroCast-200330.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS White dwarfs are usually about 60% the mass of the Sun, so it was a bit of a surprise when astronomers found one that was almost exactly twice that. What happens when white dwarfs merge? Download MP3| Download Raw Show with Q&A| Show Notes | Transcript Show Notes White Dwarfs: Compact Corpses of Stars...

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A brand new telescope has completed on Maui’s Haleakala, and it has just one job: to watch the Sun in unprecedented detail. It’s called the Daniel K. Inouye telescope, and the engineering involved to get this telescope operational are matched by the incredible resolution of its first images.

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Ep. 558: Supernova SN 2006gy

Ep. 558: Supernova SN 2006gy


Posted on Feb 5, 2020 in podcast, Stars

http://traffic.libsyn.com/astronomycast/AstroCast-200210.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS We’ve been following this story for more than a decade, so it’s great to finally have an answer to the question, why was supernova 2006gy so insanely bright? Astronomers originally thought it was an example of a supermassive star exploding, but new evidence provides an even more fascinating answer....

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Ep. 557: Red Dwarfs: Friend or Foe

Ep. 557: Red Dwarfs: Friend or Foe


Posted on Jan 28, 2020 in podcast, Stars

http://traffic.libsyn.com/astronomycast/AstroCast-200203.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS On the one hand, red dwarfs are the longest lived stars in the Universe, the perfect place for life to hang out for trillions of years. On the other hand, they’re tempestuous little balls of plasma, hurling out catastrophic flares that could wipe away life. Are they good or bad places to live? Download MP3|...

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http://traffic.libsyn.com/astronomycast/AstroCast-191223.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSHuge surveys of the sky are finding more and more planets, stars and galaxies. But they’re also turning up strange objects astronomers have never seen before, like Boyajian’s star. Today we’re going to talk about some unusual objects astronomers have discovered, and why this number is only going...

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